The 20 best cheap things to do this weekend, pumpkin smash edition

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Smash some pumpkins this weekend (#6). Photo by MattsFlicks via Flickr.

1. Mexican food is more than just tacos at Tacombi Takeover. Join fellow food lovers for a Tacombi style evening, featuring tamales, assorted tacos, pozolli, and a fun and informative presentation by the Tacombi team on the influence of corn in Mexico and around the world. (Friday, Museum of Food and Drink, $30)

2. It’s ladies night at TEDxBushwickWomen: Elevate & Connect. Now, more than ever—at this time of deep divides and rising global challenges—it is imperative that we listen and learn from women entrepreneurs, innovators, artists, activists, and thought leaders of business and civil society. (Friday, Lot 45, $12)

3. Immerse yourself in The Visitation. 1682: child, mother, father, servant, priest. A young girl’s claim of witchcraft, the search for truth, in a small dark house there are no secrets. (Friday-Sun, The Wyckoff House, $23)

4. Descend into the 1920s underworld at the Interactive Speakeasy and enter the world of Charlie’s speakeasy & casino, where booze flows freely, card players are fast, the girls are floozy, and the jazz is red hot! (Friday, South Oxford Space, $28)

5. Get elementary, dear Watson, at Wasabassco’s Sherlock Holmes. Can the celebrated detectives uncover the clues (and the cast) in this, their most difficult and saucy case yet? Or will the fiendish Moriarty succeed in her tassel-twirling plot to strip the monarchy of its crown – and everything else? (Friday, The Bell House, $20)

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Try your hand at cards (#3). Photo via Facebook.

6. Break some gourds at the Pumpkin Smash Potato Bash. Bring your leftover Jack O’Lanterns to smash in the compost. They’ll also have a grill going to bake potatoes as well as hot cider and other snacks. (Saturday, Prospect Heights Community Farm, FREE)

7. Saving is sexy at Making the Most of your 401K. There’s so much to know about your employer-sponsored retirement plan, this class will explain easy-to-understand dos and don’ts of managing your 401k. (Saturday, Brooklyn Brainery, $10)

8. Quit catcalling and Stop Telling Women to Smile, a day of programming that examines art, feminism, and how to challenge sexual harassment in our everyday lives. Featuring talks with Swoon, Mychal Denzel Smith, Olympia Perez, and Tatyana Fazlalizadeh. (Saturday, Electropositive, FREE)

9. Something’s brewing at Homebrewapalooza where they’re making a 3 gallon homebrew sized batch of stout as a crash course in Homebrew 101, so come and have a good time, learn a little, brew a little, and take home some fresh knowledge and new gear. (Saturday, Kings County Brewers Collective, FREE)

10. Save some bucks by visiting the museum at Brooklyn Museum First Saturday. Highlights include musical performances by Alsarah & the Nubatones and Phony Ppl; dance performances by the Brooklyn Dance Festival, and many more. (Saturday, Brooklyn Museum, FREE)

11. Dine among designers at Delicious Dinnerware, fusing and celebrating both the beautiful craft work from designers and from the chefs and cooks, and accessing superb design products whilst giving designers, crafters, artisanal makers and ceramists more exposure. (Saturday, secret location, $40)

12. Don’t be spooked at Haunted House: An Eerie Art Show, an art show based on artists’ work that explores their visual representation of what haunts them – what this theme evokes within them, and their creations inspired by that. (Saturday, Studio 301, $10)

13. Even if you aren’t an Al*x, check out The AL*X Birthday & Gallery Celebration. Alix will be headlining her first photography exhibition, Alex will be filming for his new short. Enjoy some photos, filming, good times, and more than the requisite number of Al*xes. (Saturday, Cloud City, FREE) Ed. Note: one of the Al*xes compiles this roundup

14. Come On Over baby to Party Like It’s 1999: Shania Twain marking the 20th anniversary with double shots of Shania’s pop hits all night long, plus the usual mix of the best pop, rock, R&B, hip-hop and dance tunes from the 90s. (Saturday, The Bell House, FREE)

15. Sing it loud at Live Band Karaoke bringing 795 songs (the largest live band karaoke song list in America!) to The Haus, where you’ll find great German food, craft biers, and the best vibe in Brooklyn. (Saturday, Schnitzel Haus, FREE)

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Visit the museum and save some bucks (#10)
Visit the museum and save some bucks (#10).

16. Be amazed at Magic at Coney, a magical variety show highlighting a vast array of magicians; featuring illusionists, escape artists, mentalists and close-up magicians from around the world. (Sunday, Coney Island Museum, $10)

17. Listen to lore at Big Irv’s Storytelling Roadshow with no themes and no restrictions, just some of the very best storytellers that Brooklyn has to offer. Featuring Josh Johnson, Richard Cardillo, Harmon Leon and more. (Sunday, Big Irv’s, FREE)

18. Laugh away the pain at Last Call Comedy Show, featuring painfully laughable stories and stand up from some of NYC’s top comedians. (Sunday, Bridge and Tunnel Brewery, FREE)

19. LOL IRL at Comedy at the Knitting Factory hosted by Will Miles, Clark Jones and Kenny DeForest. Past performances have included unannounced sets from Chris Rock, Sarah Silverman, Aziz Ansari & more. (Sunday, Knitting Factory, FREE)

20. Bring Artie and Pit Stain to The Adventures of Danny & Mike Podcast. You remember them from “The Adventures of Pete & Pete,” but times have changed and the guys are all grown up. (Sunday, Union Hall, $8)

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